If you suffer from rosacea, you may have times when you have a flare-up of symptoms, such as redness, burning, and irritation. If you are looking for ways to soothe your symptoms naturally, try using one or more of the following homemade treatments using ingredients found in pharmacies, health food stores, and grocery stores.
Oatmeal And Tea Tree Oil Mask
The oatmeal in this mask reduces the itchiness and calms the inflammation. It also draws moisture out of the pustules on your face, minimizing their appearance. The tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial and antiseptic that kills germs that may enter the open pores after the pus has been drained.
To make the mask, combine a half of a cup of oatmeal with a quarter of a cup of warm water. Let the oats soak up the water for about ten minutes. Then, thoroughly stir in five drops of the tea tree oil.
Smooth the mask on your face, making sure you avoid any delicate areas, such as your lips and eyes. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes, then rinse your face with warm water.
Pat your skin dry. If you wish, follow with the herbal tea and aloe astringent discussed in the third section.
Cucumber And Lavender Oil Poultice
This cooling poultice calms the redness, and swelling of the skin commonly seen during a flare-up. The lavender oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It kills the germs while reducing the inflammation. The oil also helps reduce the scarring that can sometimes be left on your skin after the pustules have gone away.
Peel and cut up a medium-sized cucumber. Then, use a potato masher to pulverize it until it has a smooth, mushy texture. Add four drops of lavender oil, making sure to stir thoroughly. If the poultice is too thick to work with, add a teaspoon of water to thin it out.
Place the poultice in the refrigerator for about a half an hour. When used cold, the mixture soothes the sunburn feeling often felt with rosacea.
Use your fingertips to apply a thick layer on your face. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse with cool water. Pat your face dry and follow with the astringent discussed below.
Herbal Tea And Aloe Juice Astringent
This astringent can be used alone or after one of the above treatments. Both the chamomile and green teas soothe any inflammation and calm the redness. The aloe vera juice relieves the burning sensation. While aloe vera gel can be used, the juice provides a better consistency for use with the astringent.
In a small saucepan, bring a half of a cup of water to a boil. Remove it from the heat and immediately add two bags each of the chamomile and green teas. Let the bags steep for 15 minutes, then discard them.
Place the tea in the refrigerator for a half an hour to cool it down. Then, add two tablespoons of the aloe vera juice. Do not add the juice while the tea is still hot because this could break down the aloe and make it less effective.
Put the astringent back in the refrigerator for another half an hour, if you wish to use it cold. Use a cotton ball to apply it to your skin, then allow the astringent to air dry.
Applying one or more of the above treatments once a day helps calm you flare-ups and reduces your skin's ruddy appearance. However, if you start having frequent episodes, you may want to speak to a skin care specialist about treatment options that may help you keep your rosacea symptoms under control. Contact a company like Advanced Dermatology Care for more tips.